1) Score Touchdowns in the Red Zone
Versus the Bears the Raiders were finally able to score a 4Q TD. Since that demon has been exorcised, its time to purge of red zone inefficiency. 7 red zone trips versus the Bears led to 6 FG and 1 TD. 24 points were left on the field and in a close, hard fought game that is more than enough to ensure defeat.
2) Set the edge and keep contain on defense
Reggie Bush would prefer to run on the perimeter and has game changing ability if allowed to do so. In addition, Dolphin personnel is suited to run reverses to exploit undisciplined rush angles. Wimbley, Houston et al must set the edge and keep the play within the tackle box.
3) Establish the run and the physical nature it entails.
Miami is a physical team also; if the Raiders are unable to impose their will Miami will most certainly do so. Their defense is geared to stop the run; the Raiders must be patient and establish the run to facilitate the desired play action passing.
4) Do not allow Dolphin receivers free release off the line of scrimmage.
Disrupt the slants and timing patterns Hartline and Bess are so efficient with and impact their 3rd down conversion percentage. This will result in a reduction of time the Raider defense is on the field.
5) Continue to utilize Reece in his expanding role.
The Dolphins LB are liabilities in coverage; Reece is a match up problem extraordinaire. This is particularly important with a depleted WR unit. Build on the 5 catch/92 yard performance from last week.